The 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature convenes January 13, 2015, and runs through June 1, 2015. Austin Community College closely follows developments at the Capitol and works with its legislative delegation to ensure the needs of students, employees, and taxpayers are addressed.
Texas Success 5-Point Campaign
ACC is actively engaged in the Texas Success legislative campaign, which promotes success for the state’s 700,000 community college students. The 5-point campaign is a joint effort of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT).
1. Workforce and skills alignment
- Continue and enhance funding for the Skills Development Fund and the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program to meet student and workforce needs.
- Develop a process for community colleges to offer bachelor’s degree programs when they demonstrate the need.
2. Measuring and funding success
- Provide $2.011 billion for community and technical college instructional funding as recommended by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Continue the funding strategy implemented during the 83rd legislative session:
- Core college operations: $50 million for the 2016-17 biennium; $1 million per college district
- Student success points: 10 percent of the remainder
- Contact hours: 90 percent of the remainder
- Fund student success points for the 2016-17 biennium at a rate no less than the rate for the 2014-15 biennium ($185 per student success point). Colleges earn success points as students successfully achieve certain outcomes, such as progressing from a developmental course to a credit course, earning a degree or certificate, or transferring to a university after completing 15 credits.
3. College readiness
- Continue funding for the New Mathways Project at the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The New Mathways Project represents a statewide approach to reforming developmental education.
- Fund community colleges and school districts to support early college experiences as called for in HB 5 from the 83rd legislative session.
- Identify policy recommendations to support the implementation of HB 5 provisions, including restructuring of high school curriculum and the creation of new opportunities for collaboration between school districts and community colleges.
4. Transfer and articulation
- Require the common course numbering system at all public institutions of higher education to ease course transfer (HB 61).
5. Texans in community colleges
- Provide sufficient funding for adult basic education.
- Align funding increases for Texas Grants and the Texas Education Opportunity Grant (TEOG) program to help students afford college.
Visit www.txsuccess.com for more information on the Texas Success campaign.
- Approval of RN-to-BSN program. ACC is proposing a program that would offer associate degree nursing graduates an affordable, flexible pathway to earn a bachelor of science in nursing – a credential that is increasingly required by health care providers. Legislative approval is necessary for ACC to award the bachelor’s degree.
- Service area changes. ACC and two other community colleges are mutually asking the state legislature to change their service area boundaries.
Both proposed changes will create more efficient, expanded programs for students across the region.
- Transfer service for Gillespie County from ACC to Central Texas College.
- Transfer service for Nixon-Smiley CISD in Gonzales County from ACC to Victoria College.
- Local control for key issues. The ACC Board of Trustees supports local control for certain issues expected to come before the state legislature this session. Local control allows individual colleges to make the best decision for their institution.
Sharing your views with legislators
ACC pursues a coordinated effort to support approved government initiatives. Please help us in accomplishing our goal by contacting External Affairs staff before visiting any public officials to address college issues. Public officials include members of the legislature and personnel at any state agency, city, county, or other government offices.
Please note that when you contact a public official about a matter of individual concern, you must make it clear that you are representing your own views and not those of the college.
Stay updated on legislative information by visiting TACC’s legislative resources webpage.
- Texas Legislature Online: Provides links to an explanation of the legislative process in Texas, the names of legislators in your area, bills, committees, guides to the legislative process, and other valuable resources.
- Thomas Legislative Information Online: A service of the Library of Congress, this website provides federal legislative information, including lawmakers, bills, information on the federal legislative process, and more.